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Emmanuel Joel-Hornak leaves Scottish Opera high and dry

- 27 September 2013

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Disappearing act: Emmanuel Joel-Hornak

Scottish Opera has released a statement announcing that French conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak has withdrawn from the position of music director at the company, which he was due to have begun in August taking over from Francesco Corti.

The statement reads: ‘Scottish Opera is sad to announce that Emmanuel Joel-Hornak has withdrawn from the role of Music Director for personal reasons.

‘Scottish Opera has now begun the process of finding a new Music Director.

‘The Company will shortly announce a replacement conductor for the work Emmanuel had been scheduled to do in 2014. In the meantime it has been necessary to postpone the St Andrews in the Square Concert, scheduled for the 6th October.’

In April 2013 when his appointment was announced, Joel-Hornak had said he was ‘extremely proud and honoured’ to take up the role. He had previously worked with Scottish Opera on Hansel and Gretel(2012) and La traviata (2008/9) and has worked internationally with Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, L’Opéra de Paris-Bastille, Opera Australia, at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and with ENO.

‘For a number of years I have had a very strong relationship with this world renowned company,’ he said at the time. ‘I am particularly thrilled, after a life of worldwide travelling, to become a settled part of the Scottish Opera community, and to experience and share with people all around Scotland the fantastic joys and emotions that the great composers have given to us through the wonderful form of art that is opera.’

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